This short Japanese Kutani porcelain vase has a subtly curved, short shakudo neck and a small flared mouth. The mouth, neck and shoulder are glazed with a dark eggplant-colored shiny glaze. From the mouth, the neck flares down and in to the shoulder which is lined. Below this line is an eggplant-colored cloud scroll. The body of the vase has a base yellow glaze with ridge areas filled in with green and eggplant-colored glazes. The patterns are scrolls with flaming medallions. The base has patterns representing mountains in green and eggplant. Lighter-colored raised lines frame the scrolls on the main body. The foot ring is unglazed but the base is glazed. This foot ring cuts in below the base. The vase is glazed on the inside with a white glaze. The vase feels nice and smooth to the touch.
The base has six characters in dark underglaze cobalt recalling the reign of Chenghua of the Ming Dynasty. It is signed Dai Nippon Eiraku tsukuru.
5” (12.7 cm) tall x 2 ½” (6.4 cm) diameter. Weighs 7 oz (200 g)
There are no chips, breaks, or cracks. The potting and decoration are refined and well done. The glaze on the inside of the mouth looks worn but the glaze takes on a different color due to the firing and thickness.
A colorful refined vase based on a Chinese Ming style but produced by master Japanese craftsman. Much delicate hand work.